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In Shock

My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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In Shock is a riveting first-hand account from a young critical care physician, who in the passage of a moment is transfigured into a dying patient. This transposition, coincidentally timed at the end of her medical training, instantly lays bare the vast chasm between the conventional practice of medicine and the stark reality of the prostrate patient.

Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, it allows the listener to transform alongside her, and watch what she discovers in our carefully cultivated, yet often misguided standard of care. The author demonstrates through engaging narrative and laser-sharp wit how the unbearable is borne. She comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician. She also achieves, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility.

Using her exceptional recall, Awdish fashions an elegant, yet urgent call to action. As she finds herself up against the same self-protective partitions she was trained to construct as a medical student and physician, she artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection. Shatteringly personal, and yet wholly universal, she offers a brave roadmap for anyone navigating illness. At the same time, she presents physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for embracing the emotional bond between doctor and patient. All told, she cogently outlines the redemptive possibilities of dismantling the barriers to connection in all relationships.

©2017 Rana Awdish (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press.

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  • 11-08-17

Read this book!

This book tells Dr. Rana’s journey while it educates on the ways and importance of health care providers listening to and communicating with patients with emotional intelligence.

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Requires Reading

Dr. Awdish literally breaths life into the root of patients trauma that is often and unknowingly caused by the people meant to help. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone, but the knowing, it would change everything. This book should be required reading for EVERY provider and those who teach new providers. "Once you know better, you do better" - Maya Angelou Thank you Dr. Awdish for such an incredible journey into you life. I hope to bring your experience with me as we begin teaching a new way in Obstetrics.

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Great read for physicians

Wonderful book for physicians to read. Paints a great perspective from the patient and also as a physician. Will change the way I communicate with my patients.

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great teaching from the dark side of healthcare.

this was a book that I was initially apprehensive about reading. as a physician I too am a human and had suffered a life-changing event. not to the degree of the author but none the less I was a patient among other physicians and nursing staff. I learned from the patient side of my ordeal how to be a better doctor to my patients and my staff. this book had a lot of insight, as well as teaching. I suggest this book for both healthcare professionals as well as patients, and the public, to get a better understanding of both sides of the medical line. I feel for the author and I'm glad that she was able to survive her ordeal(s) and share with us her trials and successes.

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Worth a read

This could have been much more powerful if jot for the authors repetitive, self-indulgent style. She states at the beginning that she has a love of words, and that’s true in a way which interferes from her story. The narrator’s style and voice is also so annoying. I forces my way through the book because the story itself is powerful if you can ignore the excess.

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great book

A wonderful book with great insights. brought so much hope into my daily commute to work

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As a doctor myself, I cried.

As an OB/Gyn, this was such a moving story. I cried several times. We are having a book club on this book with several of our med students and residents. The paid narrator pronounced FASCIA wrong a few times which was amusing. But Dr. Awdish brings an important light on empathy, compassion, and how we communicate as healthcare providers with our patients. This is a must-read for everyone in the medical community.

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  • 03-31-19

Thought Provoking

Excellent book that I hope anyone in healthcare reads. Dr. Awdish's experience and her ability to put it into purpose in creating new education for practitioners to impact healthcare is fantastic. She brings back the much-needed focus on empathy, the patient experience, but also of teaching, allowing and expecting healthcare providers to be emotionally available during care. I loved this book and recommend it highly.

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Amazing story!

As a labor and delivery nurse and leader of a perinatal loss support group I found this book to be something that has changed they way I will react and respond to my patients! I have always tried to be very respectful of them and what they are going through but this makes me realize there is so much more that can be done!!
Thank you Dr Awdish for sharing your story! What an inspiration you are to so many!!

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Amazing

She has a gift for language that is amazing to me. If only I could write this well. Her personal description of shock brings you into the void with her. .
I recommend it to everyone. I will probably buy 100 copies and pass them out.